This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Unfortunately for Photobucket users, things have changed in a big way as of June 26th they are rolling out a $399 per year subscription fee for those who want to hotlink images from Photobucket’s servers to display elsewhere.
    This does not mean it only affects this site, It now means that billions of images across the Web now display an error message instead of the image in question. :(
    https://barrreport.com/threads/attention-photobucket-users.14377/
    Dismiss Notice

High PH and Plants

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by aquabillpers, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. aquabillpers

    aquabillpers Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2005
    Messages:
    638
    Likes Received:
    2
    I've read that water with a pH in the mid 8.0's and higher cannot hold enough CO2 to support most plants. Is this correct?

    One way to lower the pH and introduce enough CO2 is through injection.

    Would another option be to use a buffer, like PH Down? Would this cause any problems, other than to make the KH / PH / CO2 chart unuseable?

    Thanks.

    Bill
     
  2. PeterGwee

    PeterGwee Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0
    Re: High PH and Plants

    Bill, I don't think the pH has much bearing on plant growth (within limits of course..not extremes) as long as the CO2 and nutrients are good.

    Regards
    Peter Gwee
     
  3. nursie

    nursie Lifetime Members
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Re: High PH and Plants

    I have a ph that is 8.0, maybe even higher at times. I have some plants that do fine, some that do so-so, and I do not CO2 inject, I use Flourish Excel, which is carbon in a different form. My plants are all low light, and I have normal output lights. It depends on the look you are after.

    I debated treatments to lower the PH, and decided against it, from what I learned that by trying to reduce it you are likely to have fluctuations in the PH that are more detrimental than leaving the ph alone.
     
  4. aquabillpers

    aquabillpers Lifetime Charter Member
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2005
    Messages:
    638
    Likes Received:
    2
    Re: High PH and Plants

    I think at pH 8.5 CO2 ceases to exist in water, or so I've been told. Perhaps Excel would work at that level.

    I have high pH well water, in the 8's. I dilute it with soft, acid water and manage to do reasonably well with my low tech tanks. But it would seem that using a buffer would be easier, if it didn't hurt anything else, and I am beginning to think that it won't.

    Bill
     
Loading...

Share This Page